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  1. wraub

    Best hum free pickups for a Jazz Bass?

    I quite like some of them, and Bobby Vega does too. :)
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    Best hum free pickups for a Jazz Bass?

    Count yourself lucky that you've never been equipped with a Jazz Bass in a club with bad power, or just a badly grounded outlet, or a neon bar sign on the same circuit. It's happened to me and it's not much fun- you usually have to find a spot on the stage that works and stand there... and even...
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    If You Could Pick Any P Bass Pickup Set, What Would You Install?

    Good looking assemblies, to be sure. Details on the pickups? Wind, coil height, wire type/gauge? I didn't see much at the website.
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    If You Could Pick Any P Bass Pickup Set, What Would You Install?

    I read that and saw he and I had the same realization, that a pickup with a clear unhyped tone is often better because it allows for more tonal and dynamic shaping. It's a philosophy that's worked for me. :)
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    If You Could Pick Any P Bass Pickup Set, What Would You Install?

    I looked and found most P Bass pickups to be overwound, which ime can lead to muddy mids and indistinct bass. I opted for lower resistance pickups, and the set I have is wound right around 9k. Great clarity and punch, no mud. I'd recommend looking at lower resistance pickups, you might find...
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    Non bass player hunting specific bass tone.

    A lot of hip-hop bass tones are generated with an 808 or similar, as is sub-bass on most pop and rock songs. Definitely a useful thing for a lot of styles.
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    Non bass player hunting specific bass tone.

    Yeah, I want a Dingwall too, but it seems like a good active bass and a Darkglass will get most people there tonally, and knowing how to mix is even better.
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    Good '3 point' bridges for SG?

    On a $5 bass I'd get the Hipshot, and maybe price shop for a deal. I avoid Babicz stuff for personal aesthetic reasons.
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    Non bass player hunting specific bass tone.

    Nolly Getgood from Periphery has some really good videos on mixing, some genre-specific, lots of useful stuff there imo. Plus, a pretty good bass player, too.
  10. wraub

    New Bass! Ibanez SR505

    I have 2 Ibanez 5 straing basses, both Roadstar II. Nothin' but love for the older Ibanez stuff here, although going from 4 string fretless to 5 string fretted and playing a show that night might not have been so smart. It worked out in the end though. Congrats on the new bass. :)
  11. wraub

    Best hum free pickups for a Jazz Bass?

    Bartolini 9J1. Jazz Bass clarity with full mids and lows. Not "Vintage" but vintage-y, warm but clear and lots of grunt when you dig in, plus, hum-canceling. I like 'em.
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    Bass Help!

    As primarily a bass player, I tend to write a lot of songs on bass, even sorting out arrangements for other instruments. I find for a bass part, a groove or repetitive phrase can help anchor a part, or accentuate it, as needed. Counterpoint is useful. :) Agreed with above, it helps to tie in...
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    A bass (re)discovery

    Not great pics, but here's a couple quick ones- Jazz Precision Both
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    A bass (re)discovery

    I've been playing guitar a lot recently, but I was a bass player first. Spent a long time as a semi-pro, did some touring, got a couple t-shirts. I also picked up a few basses along the way, and my main for a long time has been a modded P Bass. It's really good, and always gets compliments. This...
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    NBD - The Grape Ape

    Wise to send it back, and let Sterling sort it out. Great looking bass!
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    Capacitors for Bass Guitars: which capacitors are the best for bass guitars?

    I have a P Bass that has a .022 cap and it is the clearest P bass I know of, still punchy but distinct.
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    Squier Affinity Jazz Bass vs Precision vs PJ

    I have a P, a J, and a PJ. The P Bass I have is special to me, and is my #1 bass for many reasons. However, all being equal, I'd probably choose a good PJ. It covers a lot of sonic territory, offers a lot of options to mod, and is easily found in a vaiety of price options. Also, often found in...
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    Bass guru's I need your advice! Which is the better quality bass for the money?

    Squiers have definitely improved since the 90s. And the logos often come right off with a little acetone or even nail polish remover, you could try it and see.
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    The Bass of Your Wildest Dreams? (be it custom made or production model)

    I already have all the basses I need, but dreaming? I'd want to be able to play every bass I thought I wanted until I played "the one", and then I'd want a fretted and a fretless version. I'd start with Wal.
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    Dead set on a Fender Jazz Bass, so what amp+cab or combo to go with it?

    I recently realized that a lot of my bass recordings and "idea demos" were recorded with my Jazz bass. I definitely vastly prefer playing my P Bass, and I know it records well, but I keep using my Jazz Bass on recordings. I think it may be because of the Bartolini pickups but that bass records...
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    Anyone ever shimmed a jazz pickup in a PJ bass?

    Could be the foam under the pickup has been over-compressed and no longer raises the pickup enough. If so, replace with standard weather stripping foam cut to size.
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    Anyone familiar with these Brian May signature basses? "The BMG Bass is a medium scale instrument, made in the same spirit as Brian’s iconic Red Special, with a compact, edge-bound, double cutaway mahogany body finished in a rich Antique Cherry, a one-piece...
  23. wraub

    First Bass for a Guitar Player

    A good alternative to short scale basses is medium scale basses. Personally I find 32" much easier to play than a 29" scale, and the short scale feels less like a bass to me. As always, ymmv.
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    First Bass for a Guitar Player

    Agreed with above bout playing everything you can. I went on a "research" trip a while back and played a few short and medium scale basses- I learned a lot about what I like and don't like. All of my basses are standard scale, and out of all of them for a beginner I'd say P or J Bass is where...
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